CTIA: DragonWave's Horizon Compact

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CTIA: DragonWave's Horizon Compact

I first met DragonWave at their offices in Kanata, as part of a whirlwind tour of that telecom heavy suburb of Ottawa. We were visiting a number of the so-called Terry Matthews companies and we had very little time to discuss wireless backhaul with the good folks at DragonWave.
 
Well today at CTIA, I had the good fortune of spending some quality time with Greg Friesen, director of product management at the Canadian company.
 
We spent the entirety of the meeting discussing DragonWave’s latest offering, the Horizon Compact. The first entry into the planned line of products that will wear the Horizon name is a single-unit, native gig-E microwave transmission system with a 400MB capacity (800 MB in full-duplex deployment) for enabling wireless backhaul/carrier Ethernet services.
 
Generally available in April, the Horizon Compact is billed as a ‘quick-payback’ solution designed to offer a full evolution path to all-IP networks as well as being a low-delay solution perfect for 4G deployments.
 
Key to the design is the Compact’s all-in-one configuration, which combines all the IDU and ODU functionality in a single 9-inch square outdoor device that can be outfitted with either a standard 12-inch antenna, or a custom designed 6-inch dish. According to Friesen, the device is easy to deploy, with a full suite of network management options.
 
According to Emmy Johnson, founder and principal analyst with Sky Light Research, “Horizon Compact helps solve the growing backhaul problem for carriers wishing to deploy WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) or other 4G personal broadband solutions.”
 
DragonWave can be found online at www.dragonwaveinc.com
 


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